A member of Hertsmere Borough Council's waste and recycling team who goes "above and beyond" has been recognised as an unsung hero.

Anthony King has worked for the council since 1992 and was put forward for an award for his commitment and hard work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gemma Paris, community waste officer, who nominated Mr King, said: "Anthony goes above and beyond every day. He always gets the job done, whether it is supervising the crews coming in, attending fly tips or any number of his other responsibilities.

"He is a pivotal part of our team and a vital link between the operations team and administration, which can be overlooked but is an integral part of our service.

"He has been in every day and many weekends during the pandemic. He deals with every request, no matter how small, efficiently and effectively, I am delighted he has been recognised. It is well deserved and we're all proud of him."

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Anthony King celebrating his recognition

Mr King said: "It was a surprise to find out I had been put forward for this award and that I'd won - I didn't know anything about it. I'd like to thank Gemma for nominating me. It's a great feeling to know that your work is appreciated by your colleagues.

"Myself and the whole waste and recycling team has worked incredibly hard during the pandemic lockdown to ensure we have been able to maintain a vital core service to our residents. It has been challenging, but we worked together, we work hard and got the job done each week."

The award Mr King was put forward by is run by MGB Straight, the council's container company.